11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly + taxi:  10​h 15​min
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tsunami Photo Museum and Cara Jewellers. Step out of Galle to go to Hikkaduwa and see Community Tsunami Museum, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle day trip planning website .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Galle is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Kuwait City in August, you will find days in Galle are cooler (36°C), and nights are little chillier (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Community Tsunami Museum, Tsunami Photo Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
nights
Anuradhapura

Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Isurumuniya Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Safaris
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Safaris
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

1
night
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then stroll through Nilaveli Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee travel route planning site .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Udawattekele Sanctuary and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Kandy War Cemetery. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Tooth, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy online journey planner .

Drive from Trincomalee to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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